What is the legacy?

Remembrance day, 21 May

The 21 May 1864 is conventionally seen as the beginning of “The Great Circassian Exile”, when Circassians were forced to migrate to Ottoman territories by the Russian Empire.


Circassians in many countries annually commemorate May 21 in remembrance of the mass deportations of their ancestors


This poster calls Turkish Circassians to meet at Kefken, a small port where some of the first Circassians to arrive in the Ottoman Empire landed. 


The following two sources also relate to memorials of the exodus and the tragic events of 21 May 1864.